| ||Maliseet or Micmac Beaded Pouch or Purse|
Maine State Museum, Artifact
Purse of dark brown velveteen, decorated with beads in blue, white, mauve, green, clear, brown and red. The purse is shaped with a flat bottom and top, and the sides are shaped in rounded points. The top opening is covered in a folded-over flap. The edges are bound in red silk ribbon. On the back, the purse is beaded in four curving stems in clear beads, terminating in carnation-like flowers in clear, red, green and white. The edges are beaded in concentric lines of white, turquoise, white, and brown beads. The front is beaded with a linear motif which flares with similar carnation-like petals along the side and at the ends. The framing of this motif follows the contours of the purse sides and the double-pointed flap. The flap is beaded inside each point with a trefoil design in mauve and turquoise. The purse is lined with green glazed cotton.
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